Monthly Archives: February 2005

Brecht Forum at Westbeth NYC

On Wednesday, Mar. 2, at 7:30pm, the Brecht Forum at Westbeth (451 West St., corner of Bank St.) in Manhattan will be celebrating the 100th birthday of the man who made Brecht & Weill household words in America: Marc Blitzstein, a seminal figure in American music, theatre, and opera, best known for his translation/adaptation of THE THREEPENNY OPERA, as well as his own Broadway operas THE CRADLE WILL ROCK and REGINA, and the unfinished TALES OF MALAMUD and SACCO AND VANZETTI. In January 1936, Blitzstein played his song about a prostitute, “The Nickel Under the Foot” at a party for Brecht, who then suggested that it be expanded to show how under capitalism everyone sells out. That became THE CRADLE WILL ROCK. A tape recording, discovered in the archives only last summer, of Blitzstein playing and singing that song will be played in public for the first time at the symposium.…

Tribeca Hebrew Upcoming Events

Sunday February 27 – Frank London Project (Klezmatics)
Sunday March 13 – Joey Weisenberg Trio
Sunday March 20 – Shtreimel (Montreal Klez)
Sunday April 3 – David Glukh Klezmer Ensemble (Fusion of Klezmer, &
Macedonian Gypsy)
Sunday April 17 – Matt Darriau Band (Kleamatics)
$5 for kids/$15 for adults/$30 for the whole family
Reservations recommended!

Tribeca Hebrew
67 Hudson Street/1 Jay Street
(Enter on Jay Street – between Greenwich St and Hudson St)
New York, NY 10013

David Frost Wins GRAMMY for Five Jewish Music CDs

Veteran producer David Frost has won a GRAMMY for Classical Producer of the Year. Frost won the GRAMMY for five CDs he produced for the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, all of which were released in 2004.
“It’s certainly a great honor,” said Frost at the 47th Annual GRAMMY
Awards in Los Angeles on February 13. “I accept this along with the
Milken Archive, and especially Lowell Milken for creating the Milken
Archive, as well as Neil Levin and Paul Schwendener-and Naxos for
distributing this wonderful and unique recording project.”

The five Milken Archive recordings for which Frost won his GRAMMY are:
* Bruce Adolphe [8.559413]
* Dave Brubeck [8.559414]
* Genesis Suite [8.559442]
* Jewish Operas, Vol. 1 [8.559424]
* Yehudi Wyner [8.559423]

The Wyner CD was also nominated in the category of Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor).…

New Jewish Music Forum

The American Society for Jewish Music has launched the New Jewish Music Forum. Speaking in New York at the Center for Jewish History last Friday on Feb. 11 was Edwin Seroussi, Head of the Jewish Music Research Center located at Hebrew University in Jersualem. Seroussi, who spoke on “Studying Jewish Music in Israel: Achievements, Failures and Challenges for the Future,” also has a recently released book called “Popular Music and National Culture in Israel.” Seroussi’s talk centered on both the historic and political as well as artistic influences that shaped the course of Israeli music. Mark Kligman of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion moderated. His respondent at the forum was Professor Stephen Blum, City University of New York. Professor Seroussi is also the Emanuel Alexandre Professor of Musicology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.…

Pharoah’s Daughter

Feb. 10, 2005.
Cornelia Street Cafe.
29 Cornelia St. @ W.4th
New York
Mimaamakim event “I and Thou Circus”
6:45 artists in the round, with Nehedar Orchestra, Jake Marmer,
with others – 8:30 full band performance: $15 each set.

Sarah Tilevitz and Roman Katz

Feb. 10, 2005, at 6 PM
Kew Gardens Hills branch of Queens Library
72-33 Vleigh Place, Flushing, NY
Queens, NY
(718) 261-6654
Singer Sarah Tilevitz and pianist Roman Katz explore songs in Russian and Yiddish about Jewish partisans in the Russian Resistance of WWII, with lullabies, love songs, laments and patriotic anthems.


Yiddishist Caraid O’Brien, NYC, Feb 9

Wednesday, February 9th, 4:30pm
Congregation Shaare Zedek
212 W. 93 St. (E. of Broadway)
Further info: (212) 724-6388
Acclaimed Yiddishist CARAID O’BRIEN will appear at the Westside Yiddish Cultural School, located in the basement of Congregation Shaare Zedek. Ms. O’Brien will relate her experiences growing up in an Irish-American family in Boston, her serendipitous discovery of Yiddish, and her career dedicated to the Yiddish language as a Yiddishist, actress and writer (as profiled in the NEW YORK TIMES). This event is free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first-come basis.

Duo 46 at Florida State University

Guitarist Matt Gould and violinist Beth Ilana Schneider, Duo 46 will be part of the annual Festival “7 Days of Opening Nights” at Florida State University Feb. 21-24. Highlights for this concert include the U.S. premieres of Jorge Liderman’s Aires de Sefarad, a work comprised of 46 variations for violina nd guitar based on Sephardic music Spain, and Makam, a work influenced by traditional Turkish music by Karl Korte.
The concert will take place at the Opperman Music Hall at Florida State University, Feb. 23 at 8pm. For information call 850-644-4774 or visit FSU at For information about the artists and composers, vist Duo46

Meira Warshauer wins Miriam Gideon Prize from IAWM

Meira Warshauer‘s nice online newsletter announced that she won the Miriam Gideon Prize.
“Yishakeyni” has been honored with 1st Place in the 2004 Miriam Gideon Prize from the International Association for Women in Music. The piece is a setting of the first four verses of “Song of Songs,” the great love song of the Bible. It invites the listener into a realm of human and Divine love which transcends boundaries.
Meira’s newsletter is available at

workshop with German Goldenshteyn

Thursday, Feb 3, 2005, the Congress for Jewish Culture will sponsor
its monthly Kavhoyz – a Klezmer Dance Workshop with the band: Matt
Temkin on drums, German Goldenshteyn on clarinet, Joey Weissenberg on

In Temple Beth Elohim, (Garfield Temple)
274 Garfield Pl. Corner 8th ave. in BROOKLYN.
7:45 PM.
$7.00 includes coffee and cake
take the 2 or 3 trains to Grand Army Plaza.
info: 212-505-8040